Mitch Trubisky is Mr. Popular on the Vegas strip:
The folks at Bleacher Report’s wager-monitoring wing shared a note via the Caesars Palace sports book, which reported that Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was the most popular bet to win the NFL’s MVP award for this coming season.
Not bad for “the most divisive quarterback in football.”
Trubisky is coming off a season in which he completed 66 percent of his passes, threw for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns, then added 421 rushing yards to go along with three scores on the ground. Our freshest memories of Trubisky are of him throwing darts in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a short-lived fourth-quarter lead against the Eagles, then doing it again to put Chicago in position to win the game with a field goal. Things get fuzzy after that, though.
In any case, it’s no surprise that a quarterback on the rise who plays for a good team was getting some love from fans and bettors who think he has a shot at winning MVP. A quarterback is a virtual lock to win the MVP these days, and the ones who play on good teams are bound to get a ton of attention and credit thrown their way for their respective team’s success. If Trubisky improves as much going from Year 2 to Year 3 as he did going from his rookie season to Year 2, then he has a fighter’s chance to win the dang thing — especially if the Bears repeat as NFC North champions.
Trubisky’s MVP odds shift is one of the most remarkable Vegas-related things I’ve seen in a hot minute. He opened up as a 75/1 long-shot at Caesars, then the Westgate SuperBook listed him at 200/1. But between Bears backers showing love for their quarterback and sharp bettors seeing value in a quarterback at 200/1, those long-shot odds weren’t destined to last long. And that’s how Trubisky went from being an afterthought in the MVP discussion to a favorite bet for gamblers looking for a value.
Here’s hoping you made the play when we put it on your radar earlier and that Trubisky makes good on your show of faith. It would be the ultimate win-win for the Bears and his fans.